We will ensure development of Sokoto State ― Tambuwal
Sokoto State governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has reassured that his administration is working on all fronts to ensure the development of the state in all sector of human endeavour.
The governor stated this Saturday when he received a blueprint on ‘Sustainable Growth and Development Strategies for Sokoto State in a Post COVID-19 Era’ from Usman Danfodio University Sokoto.
A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Muhammed Bello, said Governor Tambuwal explained that his administration has been working on the establishment of new irrigation schemes, general agricultural development, economic growth and harnessing of arts and culture resources.
According to him, agricultural development, with a view to improving economic growth in the state, is one of the priorities of his administration.
He said presently the state government is working on the establishment of new irrigation schemes at Rabah and Silame local government areas, in addition to the ongoing renovation of Wurno irrigation scheme.
This, he said, is in order to improve food security in the state.
Governor Tambuwal also maintained that the state government in its effort to improve business activities will establish a new industrial layout in order to provide enabling environment to business communities.
Another business opportunity established in the state, according to the governor, was the establishment of the Sokoto State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency, SOSMEDA, so as to provide soft loans to small and medium entrepreneurs in the state.
The state, he said, has also established a Micro Finance Bank to assist businessmen with the capital in order to boost their businesses.
Tambuwal added that another bank, the Taj Bank, in which N500 million out of the N1 billion required as capital investment, will soon come on board in the state.
He said when the bank takes off, it would also boost the economic growth of the state by providing assistance to businessmen and farmers in the state.
On the development of arts and culture, Tambuwal said, plans have reached an advanced stage to collaborate with Indonesia and Turkey whose models of arts and culture management has reached an advanced stage.
Governor Tambuwal thanked the management of Usmanu Danfodiyo University led by its Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawal Suleman Bilbis for their effort in documenting the blueprint on the economic growth of Sokoto State.
He assured that his administration would continue to partner with them in all the areas of development of the state.
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo, Professor Lawal Suleman Bilbis, said the gesture of documenting a blueprint was as a result of the economic setback occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.